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Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium

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Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium

The Gladiator EVO Premium is the basis of a modular VKB flight control system.

For a detailed product description and to find out what's new about the EVO compared to the superseded NXT controllers, please click here.

Gladiator EVO specs


Important shipping note
This product is in stock at our Australian warehouse and shipped without delay.


  • 1 GNX SCG Premium Grip (Left or Right)
  • 1 GNX EVO Base

GNX SCG Premium Grip

  • Compact grip design - perfect for tabletop joysticks
  • Lockable Twist (Z-axis) with contactless MaRS sensor
  • 1 Dual Action Trigger
  • 1 Rapid Fire Trigger
  • 3 Hat switches with centre push (4-way)
  • 3 buttons
  • 1 analog mini stick with center push (8-way)
  • Programmable red colour LED
  • 2 interchangeable palm rests (total 3 palm-size adjustments)
  • Programmable RGB LED
  • Extra button module for C1 position
  • Extra hat switch module for A1 position
  • Trigger cover


  • 2 Contactless MaRS sensors on X and Y axes
  • 1 Auto-centreing 3-position switch
  • 1 Throttle wheel
  • 1 Rotary encoder
  • 3 buttons
  • Gimbal with ball bearings
  • Adjustable dry clutches for user-tunable load
  • 2 Programmable single-colour LEDs
  • Tabletop base steel plate
  • Operating manual
  • Set of soft springs
  • Set of strong springs
  • Spring extractor tool
  • Set of screws
  • Screwdriver
  • USB cable (180cm/70inch)
  • Cable holder tool

    General Specifications

    • Base & Grip made from industrial grade ABS
    • Gimbal made from glass-fiber-reinforced PA
    • Tabletop base plate made from steel
    • 32-bit ARM Controllers inside base and grip
    • ALPS buttons (Japan OEM) for extended longevity
    • Contactless MaRS sensors with High Resolution
    • Plug & Play with Driver-Free Installation (Recommended for Most Users)
    • Firmware Upgrade via USB
    • Onboard Memory for Storing Profiles
    • Optional Programming Software Available (For Advanced Users)

    Gladiator EVO base


    • 1 Year

    Compatible with



    Please visit the Downloads section for the latest firmware and tools.

    VKB controllers are delivered with the latest firmware installed and flashing is not required for initial setup.

    EVO Product line

    Gladiator EVO product line


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 157 reviews
    Greg Roberts
    Saved my online Life

    I have MND and have been finding it impossible to use a gaming controller. I purchased a pair of left and right Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium and they have saved my gaming for a bit longer. best on the market. Thank You.

    Simon Cockram
    Gladiator EVO - Very Happy

    The Gladiator EVO has replaced an old Logitech Extreme 3D. I'm getting into DCS and this is so much nicer to use. The precision is really good and I can make subtle inputs to the stick and see a smooth response from the flight sim.

    One point to note, I needed to update the firmware after I put the stick and the base together. The buttons on the stick didn't function otherwise. There's a technical support page on the VKB website with instructions.

    Hi Simon! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for the Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium. We're so glad to hear that you're enjoying the precision and smooth response of the stick in your flight sim. We apologise for the inconvenience with the firmware update, but we're happy to hear that our technical support page was able to help guide you through it. Thanks again for choosing VKB and happy flying!

    Ashley Keane
    A massive improvement

    I bought this joystick after getting tired of continually recalibrating and battling drift/inaccuracy in a cheaper Thrustmaster stick. I read reviews suggesting you could afford to buy 5 or more replacement Thrustmaster sticks for the price of the Gladiator EVO, but that just means putting up with 5 or more inaccurate sticks ruining your gaming experience when it can be so much better with the EVO. I absolutely do not regret spending the extra money on the EVO - it feels so stable, with over-the-top button/switch options. There is a little bit of assembly to do, but there are good YouTube guides, and I did have to download the VKB config utility to unlock full functionality, but now it has really put the "joy" into "joystick".

    Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review for our Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium. We are thrilled to hear that you have noticed a massive improvement in your gaming experience since switching to our product. We understand the frustration that comes with constantly recalibrating and dealing with drift and inaccuracy in cheaper sticks, and we are glad that our joystick has provided a stable and enjoyable solution for you. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that our button and switch options have met your expectations. Thank you for choosing our product, and we hope you continue to enjoy it. Happy flying!

    Andrew Bellamy-Smith
    Brilliant...can't complain!

    Incredibly adjustable with really good software once you know how to work it. Up to 128 buttons (physical and incorporating a shift button) which makes assigning buttons difficult as there's a lot of choice, especially with a H.O.S.A.S/H.O.T.A.S (Omni throttle adapter). Great postage to N.Z and follow up. Also tonnes of online video instructions. Have fun!

    Hi Andrew,
    Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you're enjoying the flexibility and customization options of the Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium. We understand that it can be overwhelming with so many buttons, but we're happy to hear that our software and online videos have helped you navigate it. We hope you continue to have fun with your new controller. Happy gaming!

    Best, VKB Spport team

    Nimbus Ottosen
    Good product let down by bundled cable

    Bought a pair of sticks for Star Citizen as an upgrade from T1600. Initial setup and calibration of the first went fine. The second device would not detect through Windows. A forum scan later showed this was not a new problem and a suggestion to change the USB cable led straight to the problem. Only one of the bundled cables was functional. This is why we keep all those extras from printers long since gone, but it did diminish the experience before even getting setup in game. Two weeks on and the sticks are now doing everything expected and feel positive in all axis of movement.

    Dear Nimbus,
    Thank you for your honest review of our Gladiator EVO 'Space Combat Edition' Premium. We are glad to hear that you are satisfied with the quality of the product and we apologize for the inconvenience caused by the bundled cable.
    Please note that you can always contact us at for any issues or questions.
    We have an extensive range of spare parts at our Australian warehouse and can dispatch such parts very quickly.
    We are happy to know that after replacing the cable, the sticks are now functioning as expected and providing a positive experience in your gameplay.
    If you encounter any further problems, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer service team for assistance at the above email address.
    Thank you for choosing our product and we hope you continue to enjoy your gaming experience with our Gladiator EVO.

    Best regards, VKB Support team